Rachel

by The Marquee

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This song is about always remembering the good times you have with people you love.

This past Thanksgiving, my little cousin Rachel passed away from a very rare bone cancer called Adamantinoma. She was 21. She was diagnosed about 2 years ago. Treatment for this type of cancer is amputation, but she didn't want to lose her leg, so her doctors went a different route. They replaced the bone with someone else's. The procedure worked, but we later found out the cancer spread much quicker than we thought. So quick, that it spread to her lungs.

What I didn't know for a better part of a year, is that she refused to take any more treatment, especially radiation. She didn't want to be stuck inside a hospital for the rest of her life, she wanted to be out living her life; to the fullest. And that's exactly what she did. I've never seen a person so dedicated to living, you could never tell she was sick. She was always the one smiling the most, she gave my family hope.

She lived in Colombia all her life, and in her last weeks, we were helping her apply for a travel visa to finally visit New York, and hopefully get some other medical opinions. Unfortunately she was a week away from her visa appointment when she passed. I hadn't seen her in almost 15 years. Although we did stay in touch over the years, I regret not taking the time to travel back and see my family.

When we were kids, we used to build kites. Her dad would teach us how to build the most colorful kites you could imagine, all by hand. It would take us a few days, but when they were ready, we would walk up to the park, climb the biggest hill, and fly our kites for hours. Those are the memories I'll keep of her.



A portion of the profits made from this song, whether it be downloads, plays, royalties or physical sales, will be donated to the Fuck Cancer charity. Fuck Cancer provides support to those affected by cancer through digital initiatives, programs, events and funding research that will change the way people think and talk about cancer and ultimately improve health outcomes.

www.letsfcancer.com

The rest of the profits made will go to Rachel's immediate family, to help them gain some financial peace in a still struggling country, every penny helps. She leaves behind her mother, father, and little sister.

I wrote this song to celebrate her life. One of the strongest people I knew.

-Maurice

lyrics

Don't be afraid of what's to come
My little angle up above
When we meet again I would hold you close
like the day I said goodbye all those years ago

I will find seldom days were I lose everything
And yet I won't stay down for long
You've kept me humble since the nights up in the blue
Don't dare let go till I come through

Rachel come I will meet you by the door
Holding on for once and ever more
Rachel come climb the hills with me
Holding on our kites will fly you'll see

A house of brick and dirt worn and cold
Was where we called our only home
Sliding down concrete to churches over head
These memories I'll keep instead

Rachel come I will meet you by the door
Holding on for once and ever more
Rachel come climb the hills with me
Holding on our kites will fly you'll see

On this day I will find a way to reach
On this day I will be strong for you to keep

Rachel come I will meet you by the door
Holding on for once and ever more
Rachel come climb the hills with me
Holding on our kites will fly you'll see

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released January 1, 2016
Recorded at Chariots Studio 103
Mixed by Matthew Marando

Maurice Alban - Vocals, Guitar
The Marquee is endorsed by Steve Clayton USA

© 2016 Maurice Lee Alban & The Marquee

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The Marquee New York, New York

With an old school mentality of "keeping it real", The Marquee is nothing short of a rock band, that keep the guitars screaming, the bass roaring, and the drums beating on their take of hard rock. Exploring ways to connect grunge, rock, alternative and more, through catchy melodies and memorable riffs; this indie band reaches to find their connection to the world through their sound. ... more

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